2013-10-09 16:13:27 by Public Relations staff, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
Each fall, millions of parents send their teens off to college, hopeful that theyíre ready to be independent. For families who have teens with special care needs, a few extra steps may be necessary to ensure a smooth transition.
ďIn families where a child has special care needs or chronic health problems, the parents have been so involved in caring for their child that itís often hard for them to change that role and focus on daily opportunities to teach the child to be as independent as possible,Ē said Nicole Swain, PsyD, a pediatric psychologist in Akron Childrenís Hospitalís NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.
Although a teen may be old enough to take of herself, if she hasnít been able to practice and master certain skills, she may not be ready.
Dr. Swain recommends promoting your teenís independence gradually, at the start of high school, so youíll have plenty of time to work on areas where your teen needs extra help.
Dr. Nicole Swain
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